February 11, 2010 / 7:42 PM / 8 years ago

Canadian Pacific says forecast guarded, not gloomy

OTTAWA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO) (CP.N) says its view of the economy is no “gloomier” than other carriers and instead reflects management’s focus on preparing for an eventual recovery.

Last month Canada’s second-biggest railway said economic signals “remain weak and volatile.” High unemployment rates and home foreclosures in the United States should temper “unsupported optimism for the levels of recovery that people are hoping for,” said Chief Executive Fred Green said.

“It’s been suggested that CP might be a little gloomier than some of the other Class Ones (railways) when it comes to our view of the economy,” said Don Campbell, CP’s vice-president of finance, via webcast from a transportation conference on Thursday.

“I don’t know that that’s true. ... We don’t believe that our shareholders will be rewarded if this management team turns out to be the best prognosticators and can give you perfectly accurate prediction of what GDP is going to be in the fourth quarter of this year. We don’t know.”

The company’s key message, he said, is that shareholders will rewarded when management is most prepared to take advantage of an economic recovery, whenever it occurs. (Reporting by Susan Taylor)

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